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Education fund available for HSA members in HSPBA agreement

July 8, 2009
(This information applies to HSA members of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association.) In January of 2008 the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association successfully negotiated an agreement to resolve issues flowing from the Supreme Court of Canada decision that certain sections of Bill 29 were unconstitutional. HSA made professional development for our members a priority. As a result, the final agreement included a fund for professional development education for all HSPBA members.

Get educated -- classes for union members

July 3, 2009
The Canadian Labour Congress is offering a number of courses for Saturday, October 24 at The Justice Institute in New Westminster.  The deadline for registration is Wednesday, October 14, 2009.  *Members may apply under the Madden Memorial Fund to cover registration fees and travel costs.  (Application forms are at the bottom of this posting or from your chief steward.) Date:October 24, 2009 Time:9:00 a.m. ... 4:30 p.m.  (8:30 a.m. Registration)

Make your HSA team the best it can be!Fall 2009 Steward Training Level 1

July 2, 2009
Stewards play a vital role in the union.  Particularly important is the stewards role in contract interpretation, organizing and the grievance procedure.  In recognition of the need for educating new stewards in these areas, HSA is offering a 3-day Steward Training ... Level 1 workshop at the HSA office this fall: Dates:  October 26, 27, 28, 2009Location: HSA Office, 300 ... 5118 Joyce Street, Vancouver

Help make your workplace safe! Fall 2009 OH&S Steward Training

July 2, 2009
HSA is offering two 2-day OH&S steward workshops this fall: Dates:Workshop #1:  November 2 & 3, 2009Workshop #2:  November 23 & 24, 2009 Location:HSA Office, 300 ... 5118 Joyce Street, Vancouver

CIBC Run for the Cure - HSA "Kick-off" event at VGH

July 2, 2009
Date:  Wednesday, July 8Time:  11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sassafras CafeteriaJim Pattison Pavilion, 2nd Floor Printer-friendly poster & more information.

Support striking workers at Maple Ridge Extra Foods

June 18, 2009
Members of United Food and Commercial Workers 1518 have been on strike since December, 2008 over wages and benefits. Join the members at a New Westminster and District Labour Council-organized Pancake Breakfast Rally to show your support.

BC government compensates workers for broken community social services agreements

June 17, 2009
Four unions have reached a settlement with the BC government that provides compensation for community social services workers who lost job security provisions under the Liberal governments 2002 contract-breaking legislation known as Bill 29. The settlement amounts to $425,000 divided among four unions, including Health Sciences Association of BC. The other unions are the BC Government and Service Employees Union which represents approximately 70 per cent of workers in the sector, along with the Canadian Union of Public Employees and Hospital Employees Union.

Memorandum on impact of technological change

June 12, 2009
CML employees in the Victoria clinics are encouraged to read the following memo outlining the impact of new technologies at CML's Victoria clinics. June 12, 2009 Memo re: impact of technological change on staffing  

Kevin Falcon faces challenges in new cabinet post, say health science professionals

June 10, 2009
BCs Minister of Health Kevin Falcon faces immediate challenges in his new job, says Reid Johnson, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC.  -Just this week, it was revealed that health authorities are facing financial pressures that could result in reduced services and increased user fees for British Columbians. In a growing province and where were seeing increasing acuity in the patients in the health care system, we need a focus on improving access to health care services ... not reducing access," he said.

NUPGE town hall meeting on the economy June 11

June 9, 2009
You are invited to a Nanaimo town hall meeting June 11 as part of a national campaign to allow Canadians from all walks of life input into the discussion about the current economic crisis and to ensure thatgovernments find solutions that work for all Canadians. The -experts" had their chance. We tried it their way: it didnt work, and now its our turn.